My Writing Checklist
“. . . everything that is truly seen must become a poem.”
. ~ Ranier Maria Rilke
Would you like to see the personal list I use to select what posts to write? The list I use to help remind me why I write, how to edit, and what to write about?
Here it is, a checklist I regularly refine and update:
• If today I could tell the world just one thing?
• Do you want it to be identified with you forever?
• Is it wanted by many people?
• Could or does it matter to the average person?
• Matter 100 years from now?
• What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve seen recently?
• Want to leave it with the world?
• Is it fun?
• Does it rock? Does it create joy?
• Are you telling something they don’t know, that if they knew they would be better off? Profitable to know?
• Culturally and cognitively significant?
• Whenever preferable, err on the side of using humor more than drama. Some levity.
• Can you outcompete with what you’ve done?
• Helpful, important, & considerate information resource to have available for people?
• What will affect our future?
• What would you like to see grow or continue?
• Goal, stakes, urgency?
• Early on, have you clearly presented a question a reader may want more information about?
• Read aloud to make it more concise.
• What will help all the boats involved rise?
• What would you like to talk to another person about?
• What’s something you don’t know, that you want to know?
• Write about what others are not writing about.
That’s my list so far. I look to add better things to it.